The Gujarat Kevadia Seaplane service has been temporarily halted. The reason for this is the compulsory maintenance of the aircraft. Let me tell you that India’s first seaplane service has been started from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront in Gujarat to the Statue of Unity in Kevadia. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October on the 145th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Seaplane aircraft are operated by Spice Shuttle, a subsidiary of SpiceJet. A SpiceJet spokesperson says that the seaplane service will resume from December 15 after the aircraft returns from the Maldives. Since this activity was already planned, there is no booking after 27 November.
800 passengers have taken advantage
So far, 800 passengers have availed the seaplane service. Two seaplane flights are operating daily. Under the Udaan scheme, one way fares start from Rs 1500 and ticket booking has started from 30 October 2020. The time duration of each flight is about 30 minutes. SpiceJet has purchased a seaplane from Maldives for this, in which 12 passengers can travel simultaneously.
Now, at every railway station, only ‘kulhar’ has a cup of tea, no plastic cups will be seen
16 seaplane routes fixed
The Sabarmati and Sardar Sarovar-Statue of Unity routes are among the 16 seaplane routes identified in the country. According to the government, hydrographic surveys of this route were completed. After this, regular service has been planned from Guwahati, Andaman Nicobar and Yamuna on various routes including Tupper Dam in Uttarakhand.